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T.W. Lewis
T.W. Lewis Author Interview

Solid Ground provides sound guidance and coaching to help readers be successful in both life and work. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I wrote this book as a roadmap to help you find success, purpose, and happiness. There are many confusing messages being promoted today about achieving success, finding one’s purpose, and finding happiness, and many people are given bad advice through social media’s constant bombardment, campus propaganda, and mainstream media. Trying to sort through your life choices while constantly being reminded to “follow your dreams, do what you love, find your passion, and sell your personal brand” can be pretty intimidating. If you are a person who wants to find success and happiness, who has dreams and ambitions, and the talent to achieve them, but in all the noise and nonsense and clutter of modern life, you’re not quite sure how to get where you want to go, this book is for you.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about success?

The most common misconception is that you have to choose between success and happiness. You can have both, either or neither, because they are unrelated. In my experience, happiness and success are two completely different things. To oversimplify, happiness is the natural result of learning and growing as a person and helping others.

Success is the result of hard work, talent, persistence, and continuous improvement. People are often under the impression that success equates to wealth, but wealth can be measured in many ways. You can be wealthy with money, power, and possessions, or you can be wealthy with family, friends, strong faith, good health, a great reputation, and high self-esteem. Success is the gradual realization of a worthy ideal.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone gave you when you were younger?

Find your talent and focus on that. You will always have time outside of work to pursue your passions. But when you find your talent, you’ve found your sweet spot. There are few things sadder than older men and women who didn’t cultivate their talents and in middle age are filled with regret over things they didn’t do. You don’t want to be fifty years old and stuck in a boring job that doesn’t challenge you or make good use of your talents.

I felt like you provided a lot of pragmatic advice. What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

Your foundation for success must be built on Solid Ground. There are still 5 fundamental requirements for long-term success in your life and your career. These qualities will set the stage for a happy and successful personal life and put you in a position to win in your career, and are: Personal Character, Hard Work, Goal Setting, Helping Others, and Self- Awareness.

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SOLID GROUND shatters the popular myths in today’s culture about how to create a successful life and career. Tom Lewis offers both a road map and a compass for discovering True North. Following these principles will not only put you on SOLID GROUND, it will significantly improve your chances of finding success and happiness.

TOM LEWIS is an award-winning entrepreneur and philanthropist who overcame career setbacks, tough competition, and a life-threatening illness to reach the pinnacle of success – and more importantly – fulfillment. He shares his journey and his advice in this very personal and profound book.

Ten years from now you will thank yourself for reading this book.
It will change the trajectory of your life.

INTRODUCTION FROM SOLID GROUND:

To be successful in life, I have learned that you have to put first things first, but today’s popular culture has it backwards.

  • You can’t find your passion until you develop your work ethic.
  • You can’t find your purpose until you discover who you are.
  • You can’t find your happiness until you find your talent and help others.
  • You can’t find success until you earn it.

What we need today, probably more than ever, is a return to the fundamentals of building a good life—one that is full of goodness, success, and even happiness. And it’s not really that complicated. SOLID GROUND presents a model for success that has worked for centuries—and it will work today.

If you are willing to put in the time and effort to invest in your future, this book is for you.

All proceeds from SOLID GROUND will be donated to T.W. Lewis Foundation which supports higher education, healthcare, youth character education and children and families in need.

How To Be Your BADASS Self

How To Be Your BADASS Self: A Guide to Using Your Inner Energy for Brand Success by [Annie Koshy]

How to be your Badass Self by Annie Koshy speaks about personal branding and steps on how to make use of her advice. She begins by outlining the reasons why personal branding is important backed by a good understanding of one’s worth, talent and values. She emphasizes the importance of communication, consistency and community. She notes that the thoughts others have of us will be dependent on the thoughts we have of ourselves. We need to know our strengths, pursue opportunities for growth in the areas where we are weak and continue to use our very specific expertise to help others. In doing so, one is able to create a brand identity that will resonate with the desired clients.

Annie Koshy delivers a well thought out and intuitive plan for personal success and branding with an easy to read practical guidebook. This book is useful for individuals as well as entrepreneurs, especially if they are just starting out. It is not overly stuffed with personal stories or too many research statistics that might be difficult to understand. The author does draw on references with her personal clients with strategies that worked for them and why. It is a pragmatic and accessible read for a beginners in the branding space. Each chapter has a set of key takeaways so that the reader can have a summarized reference and use it for review.

The title might suggest that it is more of a morale boost or some type of packaged bad-assery but it is a lot more sober and strategic. As the author notes, the book will only be useful if the advice given is applied. It is a process and can be a lengthy one, because it involves even as small a detail as what color best represents your ideals. Social media is very trendy recently and there is also a chapter that speaks about how to use it in branding. One other notable and useful chapter is “Making failures your success.” This is the type of information that can be useful for anyone, even those who are not necessarily building a public brand.

Pages: 151 | ASIN: B08H3HP4VD

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Crossing The Digital Faultline

Crossing the Digital Faultline is an informative and engaging book. Anyone working in an upstart company or established business organization needs to read this book. The author digs deep into the corporate culture, change in digital trends, and why companies need to move with the times. The author’s tone when addressing missteps companies partake in is both firm and calm. When reading through the discussions, one gets to understand where the author comes from and why he makes the points that are written in the book. Sri Manchala tries to make his book as compelling to read as possible. The paragraphs are not long and the sentences easy to comprehend. Whenever the author fuses in a story, he ensures that he gives the reader a back story to avoid confusion.

Sri Manchala brings the future to the present. By talking about ways in which a company can win in the age of digitalization, the author gives solutions to businesses that perhaps are not familiar with the digitalization process. The advice given is solid and the examples given are real. Sri Manchala tries to be practical with all the examples he gives in the book. He modestly illustrates different aspects of digitalization and gives the reader a clear picture of how businesses are supposed to be run. A single example given in the book is enough to open one’s eyes regarding the subjects discussed. The author also suggests methods that companies can apply as they embrace digitalization patterns.

Sri Manchala is not just a great narrator, but also an amazing instructor. While reading the book, one gets the impression of attending a master class as the author particularly arranged related topics, and how modern trends impact the development of businesses. To understand the concepts in the book, one has to read keenly as sometimes the author uses technical words that may not be understood by the average reader who is not familiar with digitalization and related trends. The explanation the author gives is however enough to make a newbie master the jargon and key lessons.  Some of the most impactful discussions in the book talked about customer behavior and disruptive technologies, global markets, a leader’s role in handling a crisis, digital transformation and evolution, and encroachment by the tech industry.

The author is insightful, unbiased, and informed. The beauty of reading a book whose author is neutral in the subject matter is that you are able to form your own unbiased opinion. The author focused on informing people about the importance of digitalization and the rules to follow for a company to advance. There are immense lessons that leaders can take from the book and share with their subordinates and fellow leaders in similar positions.

Pages: 331 | ASIN: B089D9DLSS

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Private Money Lending: Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive Income Stream

Private Money Lending Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive Income Stream by [Gomez , Gustavo J. ]

Private Money Lending: Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive Income Stream by Gustavo J Gomez, Ph.D. and published by Halo Publishing International is a wonderfully comprehensive book that does well to cover all the various of areas of private money lending that one would need to know to successfully generate a passive income from their investments.

The author of this impressive work, Gustavo J Gomez, Ph.D., has gained notoriety in several fields including medical and business and has successfully brought all his years of experience to the table with Private Money Lending: Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive Income Stream.

It becomes immediately clear as soon as you open the book that this is not a book meant to be casually read. Although the language used in its writing is accessible, the depth of knowledge within the chapters is nothing short of vast. It is also immediately clear that Gomez wants his reader to understand the entire picture, and not just one small corner of the world of investments. In fact, he gives enough information about the market to help almost anyone see how his unique investment strategy can be applied to almost any scenario.

Gomez begins with a wealth of information relating to investments of all kinds, both liquid and illiquid. He then goes on to both define and describe methods of investing in private mortgages before giving information about legalities surrounding the topic. Any reader of this book, no matter how much previous knowledge they have about the mortgage industry, will gain a comprehensive understanding of all that is involved with private money lending as it applies to the mortgage industry. Among the myriad lessons on the topic, the reader will also learn best practices for maintaining investments in a safe, secure, and legal way once they are set up.

Private Money Lending has won a laundry list of impressive awards due to its excellence, and it is easy to see why. For anyone looking into securing stable, passive income options that work, Private Money Lending: Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive Income Stream by Gustavo J Gomez, Ph.D. is a must read.

Pages: 375 | ASIN: B00Z8U3FWM

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What Anyone Can Do

Life gets in the way–this is something we have all experienced. The people with whom we choose to surround ourselves, the chances we opt to take, and the goals we set for ourselves set the tone for our success and, in many cases, our failures. One of the most effective methods for being successful is recognizing that you don’t have to go it alone. From learning with others to staving off those who ooze negativity, realizing that we are not expected to find our niche alone is the key to reaching goals of all types–not just goals related to business and career.

Leo Bottary, author of What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth, sets forth some tidbits of advice regarding reaching goals and the realizations he has made along his journey. Interwoven with his own brief, high-interest anecdotes are words of wisdom from those he admires and from whom he has gleaned the most effective advice.

One of the most striking aspects of Bottary’s work is the stress he places on finding individuals who provide the appropriate amount of support but, at the same time, push us to reach our potential. Bottary effectively points out that the time in which we are currently living is an integral part of our ability to reach our potential. We essentially have everything we need at our fingertips, and our access to experts and the opinions and advice from others with similar interests and goals is ever-increasing. Bottary brings to light many points I had not considered as I am considering a career change myself and face my own negativity heading forward.

As an elementary teacher, I am stunned at the revelation Bottary makes regarding the time in which people tend to lose that feeling of invincibility. He points out that we are born believing we have no limits, but life tends to change that rather quickly. Specifically, he shares that by the age my own students are in third grade, they begin to second guess the fact that they can be anything they want and have what they desire. That was an eye-opening passage worth a second and third read to this teacher and mother.

Page after page, Bottary hits on one relevant topic after another related to the plans we make during our lives. I especially appreciated Bottary’s words on the changes we make related to career and business. My teenagers are about to graduate and set out on their own. Bottary emphasizes that the feelings my son is having about making a career choice and the pressure he feels to be sure about it now are validated by Bottary. I am more confident, after reading, in talking to him about the way in which we tend to change our minds about school and career paths.

What begins with the feel of a business-oriented self-help book turns quickly into an excellent source of inspiration for all readers.

Pages: 186 | ASIN: B07GRD9YPT

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Fluid Business

Ray Moore Author Interview

Ray Moore Author Interview

George’s Pursuit Across the Perilous Ocean is a fantastic metaphor for entrepreneurs to grow their business. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I wanted to create a very easy to read book to help entrepreneurs.

The title of the book came from an idea I had of creating something that made people think ‘oh that looks interesting, I wonder what it’s about’. It’s short enough to be an enjoyable read with a lighthearted approach to a serious subject. It’s a thought-provoking sun-bed read!’

What is your experience with entrepreneurship and how did that help you write this book?

As a business owner myself I have extensive experience in buying, building and selling my own businesses, which means I understands the real challenges business owners face day-in, day-out.

I feel I understand the pressures felt by business owners from my own personal experiences of complex periods of change within my own organisations. As a coach I’ve seen lots of businesses struggle and not reach their full potential – I wanted to write a book that made it easy to see how changes could be made.

My main passion lies with family business owners, having been working with them for many years to resolve conflict, manage family employees and succession planning.

What do you think is one common misconception people have about starting a business and how can they overcome it?

The decision to start a business is often taken quite lightly and quickly – perhaps from a point of ‘I can do this just as well’ and often finds the business owner doing the same sort of thing as they did when they were an employee for someone else. However, that’s only the start of it. There is much more to being a successful business owner and at times we all need a prod to do ‘more’. That is what the book is designed to be – a gentle prod.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The next book in the pipeline will look at family businesses, specifically what it’s like to be a family member joining the family business. Is it a ‘poison chalice’ or an outstanding opportunity?

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GEORGE'S PURSUIT ACROSS THE PERILOUS OCEAN: The tale of a business adventure from start up to financial freedom by [Moore, Ray]A short but powerful story that explains how to successfully grow a business.

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George’s Pursuit Across the Perilous Ocean

Follow George after he makes the decision to become his own boss running a small boat. Follow him through the tumultuous journey that leads him to eventually hand over reigns of a successful fleet of liners. We get to see the change in his mindset from worker to supervisor and finally, owner. It took strength, wisdom, knowledge and lots of other things. This is the story of a small business growing into a conglomerate, from a toddler to a fully legal human being.

According to research, only about half of the business started will still stand strong in five years time. This is quite sad for a world where entrepreneurship is highly encouraged. This book is meant to decrease this percentage. One will learn to grow their business from a period of feast and famine to a period where the business comfortably stands on its own, where the welfare and life of the business are not threatened by regular/normal business occurrences. Like a windfall of clients for example.

According to Ray Moore, one should not wait until the growth occurs. They should anticipate it. To successfully go through these growth moments, one requires a vision. They must also keep the business in balance. That is time, team, delivery and money. They must all be applied in appropriate proportions. One must set out the stall for growth. Managing the mindset is the final condition.

This is a short book, that means that the information is presented in a compact package. The whole book is presented as a metaphor. This makes the book highly appealing. It is useful even for those who do not like or have the time to read. It is sober advice from an experienced person. It is advice that actually makes a lot of sense. The steps and tips are easy to follow and understand. One thing that readers will definitely appreciate is that the author does not use complicated business words. He shows the reader how to manage a business without confusing them with difficult economic jargon.

The author outlines the common mistakes entrepreneurs make. He shows what happens to the business after the mistakes are made. He then turns around and outlines the proper way to handle such turning points so that fatal mistakes are not made.

This is a fantastic business guide that provides an easy to understand road-map for getting from a small flailing venture to a successful business. Regardless of the goal, it can be achieved by following these simple directions. Five stars out of five for this crash course in entrepreneurship.

Pages: 52 | ISBN: 1721213287

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